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I have come back to Metro 2033 for a ranger easy play-through and have reached Polis with zero filters for my gas mask, and to my surprise they are not available at polis. Obviously I could go back to the last place where they are sold, but that is prohibitively far.

Does anyone have any game-play ideas for continuing with zero filters? Otherwise does anyone know any good ways to mod the gamesave to produce more filters? I have the tool "360revolution" that offers the ability to mod saves to "god mode" and "infinite ammo", but even if these work it sounds to me like cracking a nut with a sledgehammer.

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A bit specific so I'm not holding my breath (...sorry). Isn't the move away from cheats and customizability with these consoles tiresome? – Nathan Cooper Mar 19 '13 at 1:09
do you have absolutely 0 or close to it? There's a way to 'cheat' the system by putting on and removing the filter quickly without using it up. – l I Mar 19 '13 at 1:36
I can go back a level and have a few filters, go the main way through black station and try that. I understand Artyom lasts 30sec without one, I'll have to see how far I can get (It has to be far enough to fall through the elevator?). In that case, I hope there are filters at Sparta Base. – Nathan Cooper Mar 19 '13 at 9:32
I went back to the surface section before black station, and using the tactics you mentioned manages to save 11 filters. Thanks. – Nathan Cooper Mar 19 '13 at 22:31
awesome. its lame but its the only way i was able to preserve enough filters to beat ranger easy (not even gonna attempt ranger hardcore) – l I Mar 20 '13 at 0:36
up vote 2 down vote accepted

As soon as you leave the station, turn left (don't go into the ditch), there's a dead body there from which you can collect some filters.

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I found this info in this thread

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I was SEVERELY annoyed with having to go outside with 1 filter at ~:01. When dude said I had to go outside to the library, I just threw my hands up and started looking for a cheat. it took about :15 to find this tidbit. Thanks. – monsto Aug 10 '15 at 0:46

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